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8 Days Overland Trip from Kathmandu to

Lhasa

八天越野之旅加德满都-拉萨

Tour Code:XZP-CYTT-5
Duration: 7Days / 8 Nights
Type of Tour:SIC Tour
Group Size: 2 - 15people
Season: All year around available. Four seasons
Difficulty level: Moderate or mild
Tour Grading:Moderate
Vehicle: 4WD, mini van or coach according to different season and different group size 
T
our Type: Fixed departure, Join-in small groups 
Highlights:The Tibetan name for Mt. Everest is "Quomolangma" which literally means "The Third Goddess". Towering 8848.13 meters in the middle section of the Himalaya in Tingri County, Shigatse, Quomolangma teems with snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Everest region has four peaks above 8000 meters and 38 peaks above 7000 meter, thus is reputed as the Third Pole on the Earth. Glaciers of modern era are located at the foot of the mountains, deep caves and snaking ice rivers present a magnificent view around the Quomolangma.

The three great towns of the Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur – still bear witness to their days as fiercely competitive medieval mini-kingdoms. Indeed, in Nepal it's possible to mentally turn back the clock to the medieval era, such is the evocative power of the country.

The wonderful part of this trip is to see the different faces of the Himalaya Range: on the north side, the ever-stretching snow mountains and atrocious weather make it an inhospitable land. While the south side of the Himalaya embraces luxurious shades of green, with waterfalls and cascades flushing almost everywhere. You can do nothing but marvel at this Mother Nature's masterpiece

Day by day arrangements


Day 01Arrive in Zhangmu.continue drive to Nyalam.(B)
Place & Transport:Zhangmu & Flight
Today's Activities:
Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari (4 hrs.) after immigration formalities in Zhangmu-2300 m, continue drive to Nyalam-3450m .

This small town has become a major trading post between Tibet and Nepal. The subtropical climate endows the small town with warm, humid weather and beautiful scenery throughout the year.Zhangmu Town lies in the southern piedmont of the median Himalayas, about 776 km. (482 mi.) away from the capital of Tibet Lhasa.

Day 02: Nyalam—Lhatse.(B)
Place & Transport:Lhasa & Full auto
Today's Activities:Drive from Nyalam to Lhatse, visit Milarepa's cave enroute

Nyalam  traditionally known as Tsongdu is a small Tibetan town near the Nepal border. It is the county seat of Nyalam County in Xigaze Prefecture (part of the historical Tsang Province of the old Tibet). It is 35 km from Zhangmu town in the same county, which is the point of entry to Nepal.

Milarepa's cave enroute The only cultural sight close to Nyalam is Miarepa's Cave. Milarepa was a famous Buddhist mystic and composer of songs (Tibet's St Francis of Assisi) who lived in the late 11 and early 12 centuries. During his time spent in long meditation in this cave he renounced all luxuries and survived on a diet of local weeds (famously turning green as a result).The cave is signposted "Milaraba Buddist Practice Cave" and is 10km north of Nyalam, at Gangka village.

Day 03: Lhatse—Shigatse (3900 m.) tour via Sakya .(B)
Place & Transport:Shigatse & Full auto
Today's Activities:
Overnight Hotel En route, visit Shakya Monastery before crossing the Lalung-La (4500 m) and continuing across the plains to Shigatse.

Sakya Monastery, reputed as the "Second Dunhuang", is the first Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism created by its initiator Khon Konchog Gyalpo in 1073 from which Sakyapa rose and once ruled Tibet, occupied 14,700 square km.

Lalung La Pass is one of the highest passes in Tibet and it must be crossed in order to get to Lhasa. This first pass that must be crossed is Nylam and then reaches Thongla Pass at 5120 meters high. After passing through this location, altitude drops for a while and then steeply rises past Lalung La pass to Mt Shisha Pangma at 8012 meters, located very close to Everest. This pass is 2000 meters higher than the highest mountain in the USA, Mt. McKinley and a lot higher then any other of the highest points on other continents.

Day 04:Shigatse—Shalu Monastery—Gyantse (3950 m.) tour.(B)
Place & Transport:Gyantse & Full auto
Today's Activities:
Overnight Hotel After visiting the Tashilimpu Monastery, it's a short drive to Gyantse with its amazing sights - Khumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong.

Tashilunpo Monastery is located on the southern slope of the Nyima Mountain to the west of the Shigatse city. It represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the Last Tibetan spiritread more

Day 05: Gyantse - Lhasa (3650 m.) tour .(B)
Place & Transport:Lhasa  & Full auto
Today's Activities:
The highlight of this day is the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdruk - Tso. After crossing the Kamba- La and the Yarlung (Brahmaputra) River, the journey ends in Lhasa.

On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. It is worth visiting since it is called turquoise lake because of its beautiful view. 

Day 06: Lhasa Sightseeing(B)
Place & Transport:Lhasa  & Full auto
Today's Activities:Lhasa Sightseeing ( Morning visit Potala palace Afternoon visit Sera Monastery)
Potala Palace, Lhasa   is located on the slopes of the Dmarpori Hill in downtown Lhasa, covering an area of 41 hectares. It was first built during 7th century under the reign of Songtsan Gambo. Potala Palace is consisted of the White Palace and the Red Palace, and owns 1,000 rooms all together. It is where the Dalai Lamas live and work. The centerpiece of the Potala is an imposing wood-masonry 13-floor structure with 117m in height, 400m long (from east to west), 350m wide(from north to south). Within this "holy edifice of the plateau" are a myriad of Buddhist statures, murals, religious scriptures, and treasures. As a precious legacy of Tibetan culture, Potala Palace is under due state protection as a national cultural site and a UNESCO endorsed world cultural heritage site.

The Sera Monastery  The Sera Monastery lies on the northern edge of Lhasa at the base of Tatipu Hill. 'Sera' means 'merciful hail' denoting its rivalry with the 'Rice Heap' (Drepong) since hail destroys rice. Sera was smaller than Drepong with about 7,000 monks but was very rich and comparable in power.

Day 07: Lhasa Sightseeing .(B)
Place & Transport:Lhasa & Full auto
Today's Activities:
Lhasa Sightseeing ( Morning visit Jokhang temple and Barkhor Street Afternoon visit Drepung Monastery )

Jokhang Monastery, Lhasa  is Tibet's earliest wood-masonry structure dedicated in 647 to a full length stature of Sakyamuni as a 12- year-old boy. It is also in the possession of a collection of cultural relics dating back to the Tang Dynasty, including statures of Songtsan Gambo and Princess Wencheng. Tang architectural elements are palpable in the main hall, a resplendent four-floor building facing west under a gilded rooftop. The walls in the halls are corridors are decorated with mural illustrating the deeds to historical and mythological figures.

Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet and lies in the west of Lhasa. The Unveiling Ceremony of the giant Thangka of the Buddha is held in Drepung Monastery on the first day of the annually held Shoton Festival. To get here take a taxi which costs around CNY 20.

Barkhor Street    To visit Jokhang Temple, you have to pass through Barkhor Street where you will find many Tibetan people go to chant and sing. For tourists this is also a commercial street with lots of Tibetan artworks and souvenirs and it bustles with visitors from many

Day 08:Transfer to the airport .(B)
Place & Transport:Airport & Flight
Today's Activities:
Transfer to the airport and fly out to Kathmandu,finish your wonderful journey with a happy ending.

Quotations:

Departures Inexpensive Comfortable class Best available Luxurious
November to next April 15th
RMB ¥4394
RMB¥4754
RMB¥5254
RMB¥6079
April 16th to Jun 15th
RMB ¥4394
RMB¥4754
RMB¥5254
RMB¥6079
Jun 16th to July 15th;
September 1st to October 31st
RMB ¥4952
RMB¥5402
RMB¥5877
RMB¥6657
July 16th to August 31st
RMB ¥5703
RMB¥6243
RMB¥6943
RMB¥7753

Note:
1) Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices are in USD.
2) The listed prices do NOT include transportation cost to and from Lhasa.
3) To make your tour much easier, a free of charge transfer service from airport to Lhasa and Lhasa to airport/railway station will be provided on first and last day at a fixed time. But please be aware of that the service is offered one time only that day around 11am. So in order not to miss it, we suggest you have your flight ticket handled through our assistance.
4) If you have your own flight time that may not make it to match our free of charge service, an individual/separate transport with extra charge can be provided.

Price Includes:
1) 7 nights accommodationas per programmes on shearing basis
2. All the necessary Permits: including TTB, Tibet Entry permit and PSB, Aliens' Travel permit.
3. Breakfasts
4. Mini Van according to group size
5. Gas and parking fee of the vehicle
6. All transportation in Tibet between sightseeing places .
7. Experienced local English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
8. All sightseeing entrance fee mentioned in itinerary
9. Accident insurance for traveling
10. Government Tax
Price Excludes:
1) China visa, All air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2) Lunch and Dinner while in trip
3) Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
4)Chinese Visa fee
5) Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)

           2011 Seat-in coach Regular  Tibet's tour